Keep swimmers afloat at club 30


Water-lovers are crying out for new members to help keep their beloved over-30s club afloat after a happy 27 years.

The Sunday morning club has been running at Abbey Fields since the pool opened almost three decades ago.

But with membership dwindling to just 25, swimmers are reaching out to get the weekly sessions thriving.

And with all the health benefits of exercise, walks and barbecues making for a hectic social calendar planned for the next 12 months, secretary Simon Morton says there is no better time to get involved.

“This is a great little club that we all love and we just want to encourage more people who maybe don’t know we exist to get involved,” he said.

“We welcome swimmers of all abilities and you just have to come along and swim, it is as simple as that. Kirt Allsopp,who joined the club while training for his first triathlon, said after being helped by the “family” of swimmers, he is now hoping to repay members for all their help.

The sports trainer hopes to increase interest and membership by helping to organise social and fitness events and annual charity fundraisers.

It is hoped that the first of these will be a fun triathlon in Abbey Fields for members of the not-for-profit club.

“When I first joined I could barely do ten lengths, and now I am going for miles,” said Kirk.

“We all help each other out and offer advice. If I can help anyone with problems such as arthritis or pains, then I will. That’s what the club is about.”

For more details, join the club on Sunday morning or contact Simon on 856780.